Clayton Manufactured Homes Review and Buyers Guide

Clayton Homes offer a wide variety of home types, including Clayton manufactured homes. These homes range from small houses to duplexes and more.

With multiple customizable features available and a significant focus on green building practices, these homes can help you achieve your dream home within your budget. Preferred Homes offers several Clayton models, so whether you’re looking for a single-wide, double-wide, or modular home, you’re sure to find a variety of Clayton’s models with us.

Who is Clayton Homes?

Clayton Homes are builders of beautiful, robust, and affordable homes built more innovatively, each customizable with features and upgrades to suit the buyer.

Clayton builds both modular and manufactured homes, and they’ve earned the title of the largest modular home builder in the US with over 60 years of experience in the home-building industry. Their passion has always been to help families in America acquire their dream homes. 

Clayton Homes is LEED and ISO14001 certified for the construction of green projects. Furthermore, it offers ENERGY STAR-certified homes for potential buyers who care about the environment.

Who owns Clayton Homes? Though Clayton Homes has a rich history, the company is now part of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffet’s multinational holding company, and its headquarters are situated in Maryville, Tennessee.

History of Clayton Homes

Clayton Homes was founded in 1956 in Maryville, Tennessee by Jim Clayton.

After establishing its mortgage company in 1974 and soon after in 1975 a manufacturing division, the company underwent phenomenal growth. They went public and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange in 1983, and each subsequent year from 1989 to 1992, they were featured on Forbes as one of the best small companies. 

Later, Jim sold it to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway in 2003, and since then, Clayton Homes has been a part of the multinational holding company.

Over the years, Clayton Homes has absorbed several manufactured home companies, including Chafin Communities in 2015 and River Birch in 2016.

Clayton Homes Reviews

Clayton Homes has benefitted many homeowners looking to minimize their carbon footprint or energy bills actively. The company has come to the rescue of many people in times of calamity, building homes fast. With a Clayton home, you’re getting a solution to housing quickly with all of the customized perks that can make you feel like you’re living in the place of your dreams.

Don’t just take our word for it. Here are some Clayton homes reviews from satisfied and proud homeowners.

1. The Pounders Family

After living in a house they referred to as a “bachelor pad” for some time, Josh and his wife Jordyn wanted to own a home. They started doing some research online and came across Clayton Homes.

Josh narrates how they came across the Southern Belle after looking at fixer-uppers.

“After finding a model to tour in their area, they didn’t hesitate to pay a visit to the Crossland Homes of Asheville. It was all joy as they stepped into their future home for the first time. Immediately after the tour, they knew the Carolina Southern Belle was the home for them.

The Pounders purchased their home in early 2020. Once the home was complete, they received their keys and moved in on the same day. Courtesy of Clayton Homes, the Pounders now spend their time at their home decorating it and raising their children in a beautiful home. They had finally got their dream home.

2. Phillip and His New Clayton Home

Phillip bought a new mobile home from Clayton Homes. He appreciates that a Preferred Homes rep explained everything to him well.

The fact that his home was new also made the process somewhat different.

For a new home, you don’t need to drive all over town looking at houses. You just go to one spot and examine the place you plan to own. 

Once you acquire your brand new house, if you identify any flaw, Clayton Homes is ready to fix it, and they never hesitate when it comes to this. Phillip, now a proud homeowner, is happy to have chosen Clayton.

Popular Clayton Models

You can find an exhaustive list of stunning Clayton models here on our website, and what’s more, they’re customizable. You can add extra features and upgrades, such as stainless steel appliances and a garden tub.

Below are some models. You’ll realize they incorporate current design trends in statement-making or subtle ways.

1. Clayton Homes Single Wide – The Pulse

the pulse by clayton

Clayton’s single-wide homes range from 400 to 1400 square feet. One example of the many spacious single-wide homes is The Pulse 714.

The Pulse 714 is a 1,165 square feet Clayton-built home featuring three bedrooms and 2 baths. This single-wide home has large windows, allowing plenty of natural light in the open area.

It also features a large island with storage and a pantry. You can order this home as a two or three-bedroom and in the colors and options, you choose.

2. Clayton Homes Double Wide

Clayton’s double-wide homes have a living space measuring 1,100 to 2,400 square feet. Popular Clayton double-wide homes are part of their Residence Series. 

The Residence Series of homes from Clayton offers both double-wide and modular homes with an upgraded aesthetic. See all of the models available in The Residence Series here and find the right Clayton home model with the right style for you.

Clayton Homes Floor Plans

tradition by clayton floor plan

Clayton Home floor plans include single wide, double wide, and modular home floor plans, depending on your needs and preference. But one thing’s for sure. Whichever floor plan you choose with Preferred Homes, there’s a wide selection from which you can choose.

If you’re looking for customizable home plans, you’ll be happy to learn that most Clayton modular homes feature customizable options.

Go for a modular home if you plan to customize your home fully. With modular homes, the company can customize anything you want from square footage, doors, windows, and walls, among other things.

Clayton Manufactured Home Features

Clayton manufactured homes will always include the following basic features:

  • Windows and doors
  • DuraCraft cabinets
  • Constructed to meet wind requirements and insulation in the customer’s location
  • Standard walls: Paper On Gypsum (POG) or Vinyl On Gypsum (VOG) wallboard
  • Shelves
  • Hookups for washer and dryer
  • Standard flooring – Carpet, hardwood, vinyl squares, or tile
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Light fixtures
  • Roof pitch of 3/12 (standard) or higher
  • Standard water shut-off valve for the whole home 

For customers who would want to amp up the interior of their home, Clayton Homes offer plenty of custom upgrade options, including:

  • Kitchen range hood
  • Additional kitchen cabinets
  • Bathroom options like a drop-in soaker tub, rainfall shower, or garden tub.
  • Fireplace and other custom options such as raised hearth.
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Different utility room and kitchen layout options
  • Low-E windows
  • Upgraded insulation
  • Paint colors
  • Farmhouse sinks
  • Designer vent hoods
  • Upgraded faucets
  • Granite countertops
  • Double sinks
  • Basement stairwells
  • Built-ins including entertainment centers or breakfast nooks
  • Coffers
  • Bench seating
  • Patio doors with fixed sidelines
  • Dishwashers
  • Washer and dryer
  • Kitchen island
  • Additional master bedroom

Clayton Home Pricing

Several factors ranging from the size, type of home, floor plan, brands used, and selected features determine Clayton Homes’ prices.

Another primary factor is where your Clayton home is built. The price tends to be lower for homes built off-site, although extra features such as energy-saving appliances undoubtedly result in additional costs.

Clayton home pricing has changed a lot, especially over the past year or so. For pricing, it’s best to contact Preferred Homes or whomever you are purchasing your home through.

Does Clayton Homes Offer Financing?

Clayton Homes offers financing to their customers, many times through their partners like Preferred Homes. Preferred Homes can help with all of your financing needs, which is good, as many banks won’t finance manufactured homes. 

What Credit Score is Needed for Clayton Homes?

The credit score requirement will depend on the loan type.

For conventional loans, you need a higher credit score of 680 or higher. FHA loans, on the other hand, are available to buyers with a lower credit score of 580. All of this of course will depend on your exact situation, so contact us today for more financing options on Clayton Homes.

How Much is Delivery and Installation for Clayton Homes?

As far as installation, many home centers like Preferred Homes will do site preparation and on-site completion services for you.

Our helpful home consultants will work with you to ensure the smooth delivery and installation of your home.

Clayton Homes for Sale

If you are interested in purchasing a Clayton Home, visit our homes section to view the current selection of Clayton homes available for sale. We’ll help you choose the home that best suits your budget and needs.

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